Week 32: Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters

This week, we are looking at Herbie Hancock’s classic record, Head Hunters. Released in 1973 by Sony Music, this record blends a number of styles; jazz, r&b, blues, funk, world music, pop, and a few eastern influences are all brewed together to make this four-track record what it is: fusion. Head Hunters made quite an [...]

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Week 31: Lindsay Kupser’s Boston EP

https://lindsaykupser.bandcamp.com/ Once in a while, a record comes out of the Berklee Community that stands out, a record so strong that it cannot be ignored. This week we’ll be looking at Berklee’s own Lindsay Kupser and her debut record, The Boston EP. In this six-track EP, Lindsay fuses many musical influences, using elements of jazz, [...]

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Week 30: Weather Report’s Black Market

Released in 1976 under Sony Music Entertainment, Weather Report’s seventh studio album, Black Market, is a jazz-fusion record that soon became a classic. The album combines influences of jazz, fusion, and funk, in addition to elements of groove and melody from different cultures from around the world. An eclectic record, Black Market is still accessible [...]

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Week 29: Christian Scott’s ‘Christian aTunde Adjuah’

This album of the week is from the exciting new trumpeter Christian Scott, with his album Christian aTune Adjuah, released in 2012 on Concord Records/UMG/OmniAmerican Music. This double album is clearly inspired by New Orleans culture, and the cover by past Dr. John album covers, which often used elaborate colors, themes, and head dresses. In [...]

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Week 28: Erroll Garner’s Concert By The Sea

This week’s featured album is the classic live album, Concert By The Sea, by pianist and composer Erroll Garner. The album was released in 1955 on Columbia Records. Despite having recorded countless live records, this is by far Garner’s most popular live album. Recorded on September 19, 1955, in a converted church in Carmel, California, [...]

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Week 27: Charles Mingus’ Ah Um

This week’s “Album of The Week” is from Charles Mingus, the inspiration for our Berklee mascot! The album is Ah Um, released in 1959 by Columbia Records. The album as a whole is said to have been inspired by Mingus’ personal heritage: a mixture of blues, gospel preaching, and African elements combined with certain bop [...]

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Week 26: Taylor Kelly’s In The Meantime

For this album of the week, we’re doing something a bit different! We are reviewing an outstanding record written and produced by Berklee College of Music’s own Taylor Kelly, and arranged by another student Jonah Francese (band leader of Berklee’s acclaimed student big band Thinkin’ Big). Taylor Kelly assembled a group of close friends and [...]

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Week 25: Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come

With the release of The Shape Of Jazz To Come, (1959, Atlantic Records) his debut as a band leader with his quartet, Ornette Coleman put his stamp in jazz music. Coleman had developed a new sound, experimenting with the boundaries of time and harmony. His style would soon be labeled as “free jazz”. Coleman headed into [...]

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Week 24: Dr. John’s In The Right Place

This 1973 Atco Records release, In The Right Place, put New Orleans musician Dr. John on the map. Though Dr. John found success with his ’73 release, he’d been a fixture in the music industry in New Orleans since the ’50s. The album opens with with the pulsing clavinet groove of the album’s hit, “Right [...]

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Week 23: Jamie Cullum’s Momentum (Review)

Jamie Cullum’s 2013 release Momentum is arguably his most daring record yet. Momentum hit listeners May 20, 2013 on Island records as Cullum’s most pop-driven record yet. Drum-heavy with catchy piano riffs and even a rap from Roots Manuva on Cullum’s dark cover of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” make this release, for some, a [...]

          January 31, 2015